Ever since its first edition in 2013, the Magnetic Fields festival in Alsisar, Rajasthan, has become an important part of the cultural calendar. A motley crew of electronic musicians from across the world takes over the palace dungeons and stages during the three-day-long festival that was founded by Sarah and Munbir Chawla, who run the music blog and label Wild City.
Magnetic Fields takes place from December 9-11 this year and, apart from the exciting line-up of musicians, there is also a new property in store. Delhi-based writer-journalist Rebecca Hobson has curated Magnetic Words, a space for discussions between writers and artistes, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. On the roster are writer-historian William Dalrymple and Anita Anand in conversation about their book, Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Famous Diamond and singer Monica Dogra on “Intimacy in the Digital Age”. Sahitya Akademi Young Writer awardee Janice Pariat will read from her book Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories.
“Music festivals across the UK have a multi-art line-up, wherein various art forms come together. I am trying to do something similar here. I attended Magnetic Fields last year and realised that the afternoons are free as the music begins at 6 pm,” Says Hobson.
German techno producer Helena Hauff, Turkish disco producer Baris K, and French electronic music producer Superpoze, among others, will perform at the 17th century palace. Singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad, Delhi-based psychedelia band Begum, and ambient music producer Oceantied are among the other performers.
Interestingly, things are getting jazzed up at this edition of the electronic music festival. Arjun Sagar Gupta of Delhi’s The Piano Man Jazz Club will take over the secret dungeon on Saturday and Sunday midnight. “I have never attended the festival but am excited to be a part of it. I have curated a list of jazz musicians — vocalists, bassists, percussionists — that I think highly of and have worked with. There’s Manta Sidhu, Rahul Rai and Ruben Narain, among others,” says Gupta.
The festival is on from December 9-11, at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan.
Tickets can be found on Magnetic Fields Festival’s website.